In an era where technology permeates and intersects so many areas of our lives, I still find it remarkable that my son can sit down for long periods of time interlocking LEGO’s colorful bricks to create moving vehicles, stand-alone structures, and everything in between. One of the few “toys” that have stood the test of time, LEGOs stimulate a child’s imagination while teaching skills like sorting, pattern recognition, and problem-solving. If your child is a LEGO enthusiast, you don’t want to miss out on one of the few opportunities here in Southern California to experience The LEGO Monuments Roadshow, now on display at the Glendale Galleria.
This fascinating (and free!) traveling roadshow features replicas of 10 of America’s most iconic historic monuments all entirely constructed from LEGO bricks. The entire display spans the length and both levels of the mall and features over 1 million LEGO bricks crafted by a team of 18 LEGO builders. Featured “monuments” include the U.S. Capitol Building, the White House, the Supreme Court, the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Old North Church.
Each displayed monument replica includes facts about the real and LEGO-inspired structure, creating an educational tie families can use to learn about the history and significance of each building as it relates to American History. Perhaps the most fascinating fact about each replica is that they were all built using conventional LEGO bricks. While the replicas are fastened together to provide more stability, anyone could replicate these monuments since there were no special bricks used.
The LEGO Monuments Roadshow continues through February 22nd, 2015 at the Glendale Galleria and will make stops in 8 additional US cities through the end of the year:
Feb 7-22 Glendale Galleria (Glendale, CA)
March 7-22 Fashion Place (Murray, UT)
April 11-26 Park Meadows (Lone Tree, CO)
May 23-June 7 Stonebriar Centre (Frisco, TX)
June 13-28 Mayfair Mall (Wauwatosa, WI)
July 4-19 Kenwood Towne Centre (Cincinnati, OH)
Aug 22-Sept 7 Riverchase Galleria (Birmingham, AL)
Sept 19-Oct 4 North Point Mall (Alpharetta, GA)
Oct 17-Nov 1 Christiana Mall (Newark, DE)
If you tour the exhibit February 14th and 15th from 12 pm to 4pm, families will have an opportunity to build and take home their own mini version of a LEGO US Capitol Building (Located in Center Court). Old North Church Historians will also be on-site to share information and facts about the legendary Boston location where Paul Revere was said to have received the infamous signal during the American Revolutionary War.
During your visit, be sure to head over to the LEGO Brick Play area located on the Second Level near Bloomingdale’s where kids can build and race cars as well as have their LEGO inventions displayed!
You can also print this map to take with you as you discover all of the LEGO Monuments!